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Authorities searching for man released to attend funeral

William Ferchland

Jason Takahashi, the older brother of a man killed in a rollover accident last month, remains wanted by authorities after not returning to El Dorado County Jail when he was freed for the funeral.

Takahashi, 24, was granted a two-day release to attend the funeral of his brother, Sean, who was killed in an El Dorado Hills accident July 5.

A felony warrant is out for his arrest and accessible to law enforcement nationwide.

The driver, Alexander Craig, was flown to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center for critical injuries. He was moved to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for rehabilitation in the facility’s brain and spinal cord injury wing, said spokeswoman Joy Alexiou.

He is listed in fair condition.

Jason Takahashi was two months away from sentencing for charges related to possession of methamphetamine for sale and probation violations, said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.

Sheriff’s Lt. Randy Peshon said the man was not a problem at the jail and had only one verbal warning since his arrival at the facility in May.

Verbal warnings are for minor infractions such as possessing too many books or eating an extra orange, Peshon said.

Lori Takahashi remains distraught over her son’s disappearance and is mystified at where he might be located.

“Somebody spotted him at Zephyr Cove Beach. This was about two weeks ago,” she said. “I hope he gets caught so he can be safe.”

Investigation into the July 5 crash is ongoing. A mechanical review of Craig’s 1995 Jeep CJ5 was recently completed but California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Schultz bounced it back for minor errors after proofreading it.

“I know it was modified, but I don’t think there is anything on that one that contributed to the (accident),” Schultz said.

An interview with Craig still needs to be completed, Schultz said, and guessed the investigation will be finished in several weeks.

“It’s a fatal injury accident,” he said. “We tend to spend a lot of time on those before we release them.”

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